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Bug#100749: cdrom entry in /etc/fstab points to non-existant /dev/cdrom

On Thu, 14 Jun 2001, Matt Kraai wrote:

> Not many.  But leaving it unset is equally bad, as they would have
> to go trolling through /dev and /proc to find their CD-ROM drive
> and then either (a) instruct the programs themselves or (b) learn
> about and create the symlink.  I don't see what's wrong with the
> pseudo code.  If there is only one drive, do the obvious thing,
> otherwise if they haven't already picked, ask 'em (or default to
> the first if they don't want to be bothered).

Can I make a suggestion? Here's an idea I was thinking about while going
over this topic in my head.

How about adding something like a pop up or even a plain text question
with a list of CDROMs found on the system. On the backend you could grep
dmesg for the list of found CDROMs and present that in a question format.
Since we know what devices equal what (thinking like D: E: F: ect ect) we
could put a simple statement like

/dev/hdb (CDROM - Drive D:)
/dev/hdd (CDROM - Drive F:)

Or would that be way too much trouble. I'm thinking of ease of use and
makign it slightly easier for say new Windows users installing debian.
Many will not be familiar with the device naming conventions under Linux.
This would help to lower the confusion factor somewhat.

Just a suggestion.

David D.W. Downey
Creator - KiXO Linux
RHCE - Cert.#: 806100581800665

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